Definition of hotfoot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhätˌfo͝ot/


[with object] (hotfoot it) [with adverbial of direction]
Walk or run quickly and eagerly: we hotfooted it after him
More example sentences
  • Mildly depressed, Taylor hotfooted it to Caithness for a bit of regenerative soul searching, and was introduced to MacKay through a mutual friend.
  • They had hotfooted it north in their hundreds to record the first sighting of a rare Snowy Egret on the Isle of Seil, near Oban.
  • In no mood to argue, I hotfooted it off the train at the next station.
hurry, dash, run, rush, race, sprint, bolt, dart, career, careen, charge, shoot, hurtle, fly, speed, zoom, streak
informal tear, belt, scoot, clip, leg it, go like a bat out of hell, bomb, hightail it
archaic hie


In eager haste: he rushed hotfoot to the planning office to object
More example sentences
  • He will arrive in Bradford on Avon hotfoot from Highgrove where he will have donned the garb of Father Christmas for the Prince of Wales's Christmas party.
  • Ophelia, a spy herself, comes hotfoot to tell of Hamlet's first piece of odd behaviour.
  • British withdrawal from ‘East of Suez ‘brought the Soviet navy hotfoot into the Indian Ocean, not least from Vladivostok.’

Words that rhyme with hotfoot

afoot, clubfoot, foot, kaput, put, soot, splay-foot, underfoot, wrong-foot, Yakut

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Syllabification: hot·foot

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